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Bikers show up to protect mourners from Westboro Baptist protest
Cochrane Times ^ | 12/19/12 | Cochrane Times

Posted on 12/20/2012 11:44:18 AM PST by raccoonradio

Bikers seem to have thwarted attempts by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funeral of Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung.

The vocal right-wing Christian group, whose website is godhatesfags.com, produced a video called "God Sent the Shooter," and has blamed the massacre on gay marriage. It put Hochsprung's funeral on its online "picket schedule."

But there was no sign of the church group, as local newspaper the Newtown Patch live-blogged throughout the day with updates, and reported that people had arrived from as far away as Massachusetts to protect the mourners -- just in case.

Bikers from New York formed a formidable-looking wall of motorcyles.

Late in the day the Patch wrote: "Applause erupted in the crowd ... as it was announced that members of the Westboro Baptist Church were not coming to protest at the wake."

As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly a quarter million people had signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition -- created Dec. 14, the day of the Sandy Hook shooting -- to "legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group."


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1 posted on 12/20/2012 11:44:29 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

LA Harley Times:
Bikers descended on the town of Newtown yesterday and linked arms blocking the hate group protesters of Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funerals.

"More than 100 riders from New York and Massachusetts, organized by the anti-Westboro group Patriot Guard Riders, were also in Connecticut on Wednesday to show their support, Patch reported. The lined the streets arm in arm."

“All these guys see us and think we’re bad. We’re not. It’s solidarity, is what it is,” New York native Jim Hannigan told Newtown Patch. “I just felt I had to be here.”

2 posted on 12/20/2012 11:46:05 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

“right-wing Christian group”

F you!


3 posted on 12/20/2012 11:48:39 AM PST by Gettin Betta
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To: raccoonradio

” The vocal right-wing Christian group,...”

***

Nothing right-wing or Christian about the Westies.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 11:49:09 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: raccoonradio

Are they “right-wingers” because they’re associated to a religious movement? Not sure how God would expect mortals to protest the funeral procession of children. Seems... unholy.


5 posted on 12/20/2012 11:50:22 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: raccoonradio

They made it to Hartford (about 48 miles away on I-84), but...

>>Members of Westboro, which has been certified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were in town but didn’t leave their hotel rooms in Hartford, Conn., according to Anonymous.

According to the Newtown Patch, Nicole Sabel of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury announced at 3:20 p.m. that Westboro Baptist Church would not protest at the wake for Dawn Hochsprung, the Sandy Hook School principal. The announcement was met with applause.

http://blog.al.com/wire/2012/12/people_flock_to_newtown_to_blo.html


6 posted on 12/20/2012 11:52:08 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: fatnotlazy

yup, gave $ to Gore


7 posted on 12/20/2012 11:55:14 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

>> “More than 100 riders from New York and Massachusetts, organized by the anti-Westboro group Patriot Guard Riders, were also in Connecticut on Wednesday to show their support.”

Therein you likely have the only right-wing Christian group in this story.

SnakeDoc


8 posted on 12/20/2012 11:55:44 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: raccoonradio

Westboro is neither Christian nor Right wing.
They are Opportunist Shysters.

They inflame sensitive issues, try to get some one to take a poke at them and sue on 1st amendment grounds while hiding behind the guise of being a church.


9 posted on 12/20/2012 12:00:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: raccoonradio

Thing is, that group makes its money by suing municipalities for not providing them adequate protection from exercising their 1st. Amendment rights.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 12:00:46 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: raccoonradio

It’s interesting...FReepers have offered many explanations for why this massacre occurred, what mistakes our society has made that permitted this to happen, what bad decisions brought about such dire consequences.

But let someone suggest that sin is the root of the problem and even Christians trip over one another in their rush to disown such an idea.


11 posted on 12/20/2012 12:01:05 PM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: MS.BEHAVIN; TherealMr.B

Patriot Guard ping


12 posted on 12/20/2012 12:01:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: raccoonradio

I signed the petition and posted it to my twitter and facebook. They need lots of signatures to reach their goal!


13 posted on 12/20/2012 12:03:25 PM PST by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: mylife

“All these guys see us and think we’re bad. We’re not. “

Push ‘em hard enough, though....

;)


14 posted on 12/20/2012 12:04:27 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: Salamander

They are punk ass provocateurs.


15 posted on 12/20/2012 12:06:11 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: raccoonradio

A WhiteHouse.gov petition to “legally recognize WBC as a hate group?”

What does legal recognition of a hate group entail?

Does a legally recognized hate group lose rights that non-hate groups retain?


16 posted on 12/20/2012 12:07:47 PM PST by heartwood
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To: raccoonradio
The vocal right-wing Christian group

These people ARE NOT affiliated with Conservatives in any way, shape, or form. They are vile, evil, hatefilled cretins who belong more to groups that worship Satan.

17 posted on 12/20/2012 12:07:56 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: LearsFool
But let someone suggest that sin is the root of the problem and even Christians trip over one another in their rush to disown such an idea.

Is gay 'marriage' the sin that is the root of the problem? Do you agree that "God Sent the Shooter"?

18 posted on 12/20/2012 12:09:10 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: raccoonradio

THEY ARE NOT RIGHT WING!!!


19 posted on 12/20/2012 12:10:18 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: rarestia

politics is NOT linear!

It’s a circle.

So, when you far enough, you’re back on the LEFT, and is Facism!

THAT is where this Westboro crowd is.


20 posted on 12/20/2012 12:11:08 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: raccoonradio
Great and many thanks PGR

We in the ALR salute you and will stand with you ANYTIME

21 posted on 12/20/2012 12:12:48 PM PST by clamper1797 (I mourn for the America I grew up in ..fought for ..and loved ..July 4 1776- June 28 2012)
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To: mylife

Someone posted a couple of years ago about the background of these supposed “Baptists.” The leader of it and some of the women were big lefties and as I recall, one of them was even with Code Pink at one point (another group that used staged events to provoke). Look at the way some of the women are dressed: a parody of what they apparently think the hillbilly Baptist Bibles-and-guns crowd of their fantasies looks like.

I think you’d probably find that they actually are leftists and this is basically a sort of false flag operation. Because the Baptist structure is so loose, just about any group can call themselves a “Baptist church,” and there’s really no way of controlling it.


22 posted on 12/20/2012 12:13:18 PM PST by livius
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To: raccoonradio

Right Wing Group?

BULL DROPPINGS!!!!!

LEFT WING GROUP posing as Christians..

Regardless of our feelings right wingers and Christians have RESPECT for those who have died and their survivors.


23 posted on 12/20/2012 12:13:29 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: LearsFool

You do mean the actual sin of murder as commited by the shooter, don’t you?...not sin in general as commited by mankind, that would not make sense.


24 posted on 12/20/2012 12:13:41 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: LearsFool

It’s because that idea is foolish. There are insane people in this world, the shooter is one.


25 posted on 12/20/2012 12:15:07 PM PST by EEGator
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To: G Larry

That’s why the middle is the only logical, balanced position to take...


26 posted on 12/20/2012 12:15:09 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: raccoonradio

Dem Mudder Friking Bustards have my respect.
—— on the other hand, I bet if I sat down with them and had a beer or two, we would probably get along quite well - despite their rough exterior(s).


27 posted on 12/20/2012 12:16:24 PM PST by jongaltsr
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To: heartwood

don’t know. I would not touch whitehouse.gov with a 10 foot pole. Probably end up on some watch list and on Obama’s fund raising mail list.


28 posted on 12/20/2012 12:16:35 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: livius

They are “slip and fall” Lawyers.


29 posted on 12/20/2012 12:18:04 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Yup.

And they know better than to provoke a slew of bikers.


30 posted on 12/20/2012 12:18:44 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: Salamander

It isn’t near as much fun to sue when your hands are in a cast and you can’t sign the complaint...


31 posted on 12/20/2012 12:23:45 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: raccoonradio
“The vocal right-wing Christian group”

I applaud the bikers for their actions but the article is dishonest. The Westboro Baptist Church is not a "right-wing Christian Group". It was founded by and is headed by Fred Phelps. It is just Phelps and a few members of his family.

Phelps is a long time leftist trial lawyer and member of the Democrat Party. He sued individuals and companies for discrimination and got Democrat bureaucrats to help him. He ran for office as a Democrat. He is a committed leftist. He is not a Christian. His small group of family members is not a church. It is an organization that tries to disrupt funerals of deceased servicemen and provoke family members at their time of grief to create a possible lawsuit.

It claims to be anti-gay. That is a lie. Phelp’s small group NEVER attacks gay events or gay rights organizations. They only go after Christians with deceased family members at their funerals. They provoke and file lawsuits. They claim their right of freedom of speech and freedom of religion allows them to disrupt funerals and provoke grieving family members. The ACLU and other leftist groups strongly support Phelps and have filed lawsuits on his behalf.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/22/AR2006072200643.html

One of their lawsuits went to the Supreme Court.

32 posted on 12/20/2012 12:24:15 PM PST by detective
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To: raccoonradio

SPJNK.


33 posted on 12/20/2012 12:26:37 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!)
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To: LearsFool

I brought it up but no one was interested! I said:

Let’s start informing said students that it is not just against the law to murder people - it’s a SIN as well!

Let’s put the fear of God into them.


34 posted on 12/20/2012 12:31:57 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: raccoonradio
WB aren't right-wing or Christians. At best they are a bunch of kooks. At worst they are a false-flag operation orchestrated by the left to embarass fundamentalist Christians and build popular support for repealing constitutional protection for religious expression.

My money is on the latter.

35 posted on 12/20/2012 12:57:36 PM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: rarestia

This is something *everybody* should be very aware of, and never let pass:

Fred Phelps was always a registered democrat and ran for office as Democrat several times. And he and the rest of the ilk had a close, personal relationship with the Gore family. Pics of the Phelpses and Gores together are out there, but you don’t see them much.


36 posted on 12/20/2012 1:00:19 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: donna

I don’t think that works that well. I bet all the so-called religious persons, irregardless of their faith, that have commited murder throughout history, know that. You can’t put fear into someone that doesn’t care, and you can’t make people care.


37 posted on 12/20/2012 1:02:18 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: martin_fierro

Hooligan ping.


38 posted on 12/20/2012 1:08:01 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: LearsFool
Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

Many Americans and most young Americans believe that it is ignorant and foolish to consider the spiritual consequences of one's actions. They laugh and say that we should not fear the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Then they go back to doing whatever seems right in their own eyes.

It isn't surprising that blood flows in our streets.

39 posted on 12/20/2012 1:08:47 PM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: LearsFool
But let someone suggest that sin is the root of the problem and even Christians trip over one another in their rush to disown such an idea.

Sin is at the root of ALL of the problems in the world. As far as this specific instance -- the shooter's sin, certainly. But I would lay the blame more squarely on kicking Jesus out of the school house, originally.

40 posted on 12/20/2012 1:10:31 PM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: raccoonradio

Yep, my wife heard “The Good Guys” roaring through Woodbury yesterday!


41 posted on 12/20/2012 1:17:49 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: heartwood
"What does legal recognition of a hate group entail?"

After watching the news for many years, I think it makes them republican.

42 posted on 12/20/2012 1:40:24 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: raccoonradio

I am furious. I consider myself right wing, and there isn’t one speck of similarities between Westboro, myself or any other right wing person or organization I know. This a$$hole should be made to retract his comment. In fact, I would like to sue him.


43 posted on 12/20/2012 1:45:11 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Salamander

Yup.


44 posted on 12/20/2012 1:52:17 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: raccoonradio; All

Where are all the Gay Rights Groups when Westboro Cult protests?

They show up whenever some Christian group goes against gay marraige.....but Gay Rights Groups never show up at Westboro’s “God Hates Fags” themed protests?

Do the Gay Rights Groups fund Westboro Cult?

Always wondered this

Thanks again to our biker groups who are protecting the families from Westboro Cult


45 posted on 12/20/2012 2:22:38 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: raccoonradio

STOP CALLING THEM A CHRISTIAN GROUP!!! They are anything but!


46 posted on 12/20/2012 2:35:38 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: stuartcr

The middle of what?


47 posted on 12/20/2012 2:40:10 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: stuartcr
For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31).

For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer's fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this:

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’”
This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe.

Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom.

Source

48 posted on 12/20/2012 2:50:02 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Gettin Betta
“right-wing Christian group”

Westburo was created by a Democrat Party leader to get this type of response. A Dem friend of mine was shocked when I said that, and more shocked when he did the research and found it to be true.

49 posted on 12/20/2012 3:37:20 PM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Planned Parenthood kills people.)
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To: LearsFool

I have a real problem thinking you are serious.


50 posted on 12/20/2012 6:25:28 PM PST by DallasSun
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